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to and from New National President GWEN RANKIN


family moved to Thailand for her father’s job. After a summer of college back in Hawaii, Gwen returned to Thailand and found a job in material handling for Philco. She met her husband, Rick, there and the couple moved to Sunnyvale, California, in 1968, where Gwen became full-time mom to Wendy, John and Derrick. In 1987 she began a 20-year-career working for the Four-D Metal Finishing company in Sunnyvale. She and Rick moved to Sacramento about four years ago.


In their early years, when


Rick, a Vietnam veteran, became involved in Mission Santa Clara VFW Post 3982, his enthusiasm was contagious. At the Post’s family Halloween party, she was asked to join the Auxiliary. As a young member, Gwen asked so many questions about the organization’s cancer-related programs that she was soon their Cancer Program Chairman. Next came Auxiliary President, County Council President,


Gwen’s eligibility is through her husband, Rick. They were married in 1968.


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